Saturday, August 29, 2009

A new pincushion finished today. I also found another source for hand dyed wool-Merry Hooker Woolens- and bought some beautiful overdyed plaids and herringbone wool. I think they will add a nice textural look to pincushions and I plan to start rug hooking again. The blog for Merry Hooker is on my side bar, check it out!
It has been a sad day today watching Ted Kennedy's funeral. I am old enough to have seen all 3 brothers funerals( I was 7 when JFK was killed) and it doesn't seem possible they're all gone. A remarkable family.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Garden Flower Lavender Sachets

I love the scent of lavender.I've made these 4" sachets in a variety of colors and crocheted them for a vintage feel. These are listed in my Artfire and Lollishop shops.
As the retail business continues to be challenging in our brick and mortar shop we have decided to move the whole thing online. Our current,unused website will go away as a new one is constructed. Everything in our shop will be available, not just our own handmade items. This will allow us to highlight our other artists work- pottery, jewelry,wood turned bowls,handbags, blown glass,handmade cards, and much more! There will also be lots of other gift items including kitchen items, books, puzzles,and children's things. I will update here and link to the new site when it is ready.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

crocheted gifts and cookbooks

I have spent the last few days replenishing my supply of crocheted soap bags. I had a young woman in the shop who dislikes the feel of a bar of soap against her skin and was thrilled to
see the bags. An average size bar of soap(or scraps) fit nicely inside and then use it as a washcloth. The little crocheted sachets are lined and filled with lavender- smell wonderful!

We also got our restock of retro cookbooks in. These are full of recipes and helpful hints compiled from Barbara Swell's extensive collection. Since I am attempting my first jam making session with my mother and sister this weekend these have been fun to look at.Unfortunately we are experiencing the hottest week of the summer right now after what has been a very cool season. Oh well.

I think I might do thumbprint cookies using my jam. If I do raspberry jam I would do lemon flavored cookies with the raspberry center. Even with the heat I am looking forward to this!